Archived Interview Transcripts
We've enjoyed the company of some fascinating and funny guests on our radio programs through the years. Browse this ever-growing collection of interview transcripts and learn about the lives behind the music. Too much information? Never!

Andy Irvine
As a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Andy Irvine has been a part of some of the most influential Irish music recordings and a member of Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Moving Hearts and Patrick Street.
Barachois is a fun-filled quartet performing traditional Acadian music, a style kept alive through two and a half centuries on tiny Prince Edward Island, Canada. Albert Arsenault, his sister Hélène Bergeron, Louise Arsenault, and Chuck Arsenault make up the group.
Catriona Macdonald
Fiddler Catriona ("Katrina") Macdonald was tutored on by the late Tom Anderson, who instilled in her a deep love for the music and traditions of her Shetland Island home. An award-winning young folk musician, she also studied opera at the Royal Academy of Music.

Fiona met Catriona in Edinburgh, Scotland to talk about the legacy of Tom "Tammy" Anderson, her operatic training, her leadership of the String Sisters project and to enjoy selections from her passionate solo release, Bold, which harks back to her roots and also displays an innovative musical outlook.
Christine Kydd
Christine Kydd was born and raised in the city of Glasgow. Her singing career has offered her great variety: she has worked solo; featured in bands with players who went on to form Shooglenifty and Calluna; collaborated with Janet Russell in a vocal duo; and worked in a trio setting with Chantan. Her current concert work pairs her with Norman Chalmers, performing songs and tunes of the sea, and also with other singers including Lorraine Jordan and Maureen Jelks.

In recent years, Christine and others have worked to set up community choirs as a way of encouraging people back to singing. I'm an enthusiastic member of one of her "Singing for Fun" groups, and look forward enormously to the weekly song gatherings, led by Christine. So I thought you might enjoy tuning into this recent conversation, and Christine's infectious enthusiasm for singing. Perhaps it will inspire you to start something similar in your own backyard.

Davy Spillane
One of Ireland's most talented uilleann pipes and low whistle players, Davy Spillane was born in Dublin in 1959. A founding member of the group Moving Hearts, Davy has recorded for Sony Classical, Tara Music, and Cooking Vinyl, among others.
In 2000, Davy launched his own label, Burrenstone Records. He has worked a number of film scores and was a soloist in Riverdance. Davy won a Grammy award in 2000 for his collaboration with Paul Winter on the album Celtic Solstice. He is an accomplished instrument builder, having made all the instruments he plays.
Dougie MacLean
Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland's foremost singer-songwriters. Born in Perthshire in 1954, he started playing music at school with Andy Stewart and Martin Hadden, who went on to create the legendary Silly Wizard. In 1974, while busking on the street with his fiddle, Dougie was recruited by guitarist Roy Gullane of the Tannahill Weavers. He played all over Europe and North America with the Tannahills on and off until 1981 when he went solo and launched his record label. Since then he has enjoyed international success as a singer and songwriter and has seen his music used in television dramas, stage productions and major motion pictures.
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